Facts About Beads
Throughout all of history and cultures around the world, beads have had a huge number of functions. Here are some interesting facts.
Beads signifies strength and courage.
Similar to metals, ribbons and certificates, ancient and modern day cultures use beads to show bravery and accomplishment. They have been used to protect warriors from natural and supernatural enemies. They also can lend special magical protection for heroes during long journeys.
Beads have every day uses.
Beads have been very practical throughout history have been used to weigh down scrolls, saddle blankets and tablecloths. They've also been used as calculators and prayer tools. One can find beads and mats, car seats and curtains.
Beads carry value.
Over history beads have been traded for everything from gold to beaver pelts, ivory displaces and slaves. Cultures and societies around the world have made beads from turtle shells, wood, pottery, sea shells, seeds, ivory, stone, egg shells, animal teeth, bone, claw, horn and glass. There are talented glass artists who devote their whole careers to making beads.
Beads are believed to carry protective and healing powers.
In Egyptian the word sha means "luck" and the word sha-sha means "bead". The magical bead of turkey is believed to ward off evil. In Asia, beads are scattered like seeds at temples to bring on bountiful harvests.
Beads signify status.
In China throughout the many dynasties, officials, army officers, their wives and children were required to wear strings of court needs. The Emperor himself had to wear special beads. In West Africa kings and other great people wore Bodom beads. In modern society pearl, gold and precious stones are symbols of wealth and prestige.
People have been fascinated with beads for over 43,000 years. They have been used for counting, adorning and symbolizing importance.